The truth is, a city can never have too many karaoke bars, which is why we’re welcoming Potts Point’s newest with open arms.
Called Diana, this newbie actually has a history which hails in hard all the way from the Central Tablelands in NSW, and while the singing theatrics are the magnum opus here, you’ll also want to take note of the honey braised pork steamed buns, housemade kimchi, and five-spice duck pancakes.
Taking up residence in the former Billy Kwong site, Diana not only pays homage to Korean-Chinese fare but also to Diana Shaw—the legendary matriarch of Philip Shaw Wines estate in Orange. The entire concept is inspired by owner Sammy Jeon’s time working for the family winery, food and wine found in the stunning Orange region, and his own heritage.
The idea is that you hit up Diana with a group of your hungriest mates and order up an array of dishes to fuel your after-dark performance (which may or may not look like belting out Cher’s I Believe long after the sun has gone down).
The menu is stuffed to the brim like a steamed pork pun with delicious feeds so brace your belly for the likes of spicy Korean fried chicken with twice-cooked chicken breast and chilli paste, drunken dunk marinated in Chinese Shaoxing wine, five-spice duck pancakes doused with cool cucumber, and Singapore-style mud crab.
As for the wine list, it’s a showcase of the best wines around the Orange region and has been curated accordingly to pair with signature dishes on the menu.
Karaoke here kicks off at 9.30pm every Friday and Saturday—but doesn’t look like your usual LED-lit shoebox of a stage. Instead, you’ll get to fire up the Piper Perabo inside of you and belt out your fave tunes Coyote Ugly-style throughout the entire restaurant.
Image credit: Diana